Developers are Red Hot for the iPad
The increased development activity seems to be continuing to date. The average number of new applications in development during the month of February alone came to roughly 1500 vs. 500 for the period of August thru December 2009.
The growth in the application development can only be attributed to the upcoming iPad launch on April 3, 2010. The majority of the new applications are customized existing iPhone apps for the iPad.
Apparently developers feel that polishing their existing apps for the iPad will gain them an early advantage.